Terms of Reference: External Evaluation and Needs Assessment of Astraea’s Intersex Human Rights Fund

Astraea seeks to conduct an external evaluation of the impact of the Intersex Human Rights Fund (IHRF), which is the only Fund that supports intersex activists and intersex-led organizations globally to promote and protect the human rights of intersex people.

Overview

Astraea seeks to conduct an external evaluation of the impact of the Intersex Human Rights Fund (IHRF), which is the only Fund that supports intersex activists and intersex-led organizations globally to promote and protect the human rights of intersex people. Since the IHRF’s founding, the Fund has significantly increased its management and technical capacities and its ability to serve the intersex human rights movement. Five years into its life cycle, the Fund seeks to further develop its overall infrastructure and strategic programming. As the global intersex movement grows and intersex-led organizations are able to take advantage of more funding, the IHRF’s grantmaking and accompaniment models must keep pace. Astraea seeks to undertake a formal needs assessment in order to strategically identify its top priorities for institutional strengthening and decide how best to address them. Applications for this consultancy are due November 22, 2021.

About Astraea

Founded in 1977, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTQI human rights around the globe. We support brilliant and brave grantee partners in the U.S. and internationally who challenge oppression and seed change. We work for racial, economic, social, and gender justice because we all deserve to live our lives freely, without fear, and with dignity.

The first grantmaker to hundreds of organizations, Astraea plays a catalytic role for LGBTQI groups across the globe. Our grantmaking, capacity building & leadership development, media & communications, and philanthropic advocacy programs promote and support the work of lesbian, trans, intersex and LGBTQI organizations to challenge oppression and claim rights.

About the Intersex Human Rights Fund

Set up in 2015, Astraea’s Intersex Human Rights Fund (IHRF) is the first and only fund in the world dedicated to supporting intersex activists to promote and protect the human rights of intersex people. Rooted in Astraea’s philosophy of responsive grantmaking, we partner with intersex human rights defenders to ensure that the Fund centres their rights and needs. Given the realities of intersex organizing, this project aims to amplify the human rights impact of a rapidly growing, global human rights movement through increased opportunities for intersex organizations to build their skills, knowledge, resources, networks and abilities to deepen and sustain human rights work.

The IHRF partners with intersex human rights defenders to ensure that the IHRF centers their rights and needs. Consistent with the principle of “nothing about us without us,” Astraea understands that social change efforts are most meaningful and lasting when led by the communities closest to the problems being addressed.

Since 2015, Astraea has invested US$3 million in IHRF grants for 93 intersex-led organizations and projects in 54 countries. The IHRF’s long-term goal is to ensure that intersex-led organizations have the resources and capacities needed to realize the rights of intersex people by ensuring bodily autonomy, physical integrity and self-determination, and access to information, counselling and support; ending invisibility and breaking isolation, stigma and discrimination, and medical and other forms of institutional violence; and building legal frameworks to ensure the protection of human rights and reparative justice.

Through IHRF, Astraea supports several strategies by intersex activists that work towards the following long-term outcomes:

  • The bodily autonomy, physical integrity and self-determination of intersex people are realized and respected
  • Intersex people have access to quality, rights-based information, counselling and support
  • Invisibility and isolation of intersex people are decreased or ended
  • Stigma and discrimination against intersex people are decreased or ended
  • Medical and other forms of institutional violence against intersex people are decreased or ended
  • Legal frameworks to ensure the protection of human rights and reparative justice for intersex people are built and enforced
  • Intersex activists and organizations have increased access to flexible resources
  • Intersex organizations have strengthened capacity in areas of self-identified importance

The IHRF grantmaking prioritizes support for intersex-led strategies and campaigns, advocacy and peer support that will change conditions for the most marginalized members of LGBTQI communities. The IHRF provides capacity-strengthening and movement-building support through international and regional convenings, trainings and workshops, and through tailored accompaniment and technical assistance to the IHRF grantees.

Consultancy

Astraea seeks a consultant or consulting team to conduct an external evaluation of the IHRF and a needs assessment to strengthen IHRF’s strategic approaches. This is the first evaluation of the Fund since its inception in 2015.

This evaluation should answer the questions:

  • How has the IHRF contributed to shifts in narrative around intersex issues and communities?
  • How has the IHRF contributed to shifts in international, regional and/or national-level laws, policies and institutions that advance intersex rights? Have IHRF grants enabled implementation of new laws and policies, once achieved? In other words, what difference have IHRF grants made?
  • How has the landscape for pursuing intersex policy and/or cultural change shifted since 2015, and are there ways that the IHRF program should shift accordingly?
  • How can Astraea maximize the potential of IHRF to support intersex organizations and movements to achieve sustainable legal, policy, institutional and cultural change?

This needs assessment will build on the evaluation report and should make recommendation while addressing the following:

  • What opportunities are there for strengthening the IHRF infrastructure and strategic approaches?
  • How can the IHRF revamp its grantmaking and accompaniment strategies in order to strategically award larger grants and support IHRF grantee partners to absorb increased funding amounts?

Deliverables

Part 1. Evaluation:

    1. An evaluation of the Intersex Human Rights Fund, including:
      • Analysis of the IHRF grantmaking portfolio from 2015-2021
      • Case studies of a diverse set of IHRF grantee partners, assessing progress made on campaigns and the contributions of Astraea to them
      • Feedback from IHRF advisors and grantee partners for Astraea and the IHRF
      • Key learning and insights about the process of achieving and supporting legal, policy, institutional and cultural change
      • Strategic recommendations for Astraea to maximize the impact of IHRF moving forward.
    2. A report to share with Astraea’s Board, Executive & Management teams, IHRF Advisors, grantee partners, funders and other interested parties.

Part II. Needs Assessment:

    1. A needs assessment to take steps to strengthen the IHRF’s infrastructure and strategic approaches.
    2. A report with recommendation to share with IHRF’s advisors, funders and other interested parties.

Timeline

Proposals are due on November 22, 2021. Astraea will review proposals and conduct interviews with selected candidates the week of November 29, 2021.

Work on the consultancy should begin on or around the first week of December 2021. A draft of the evaluation and needs assessment should be completed by March 15, 2022, and the final version should be presented by March 31, 2022.

To Apply

Interested consultants should submit a CV including language proficiency, a cover letter outlining a proposed methodology for the evaluation, a proposed budget, and a writing sample (no more than 3 pages). Proposals should be directed to Ruth Baldacchino at rbaldacchino@astraeafoundation.org no later than November 22, 2021. Please do not use the form on this page to apply.

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